First meeting of Chinese and Indian foreign ministers after troop clashes in Ladakh

The foreign ministers of China and India met to discuss border tensions and the Russian invasion.

REPUBLIC.CO.ID, NEW DELHI – China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets with the foreign minister India Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in New Delhi, India, Friday (3/25/2022) local time. The visit is the first since deadly border fighting in 2020 that soured relations between the two countries.

“Foreign Minister Wang Yi will meet Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar this afternoon,” a spokesman for India’s Foreign Ministry said without giving further details. Wang Yi was also supposed to fly to Nepal the next day.

Neither party announced the visit before Wang landed in New Delhi on Thursday evening. Partner Records Reuters ANI shows Foreign Minister Wang Yi leaving a commercial airport. He didn’t come from the nearby defenses, where most foreign dignitaries normally land.

Both sides are expected to discuss border tensions as well as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Both regard Russia as a friendly country and have dismissed Western calls to condemn Moscow’s aggression, which they describe as a special military operation.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi received a rebuke from the Indian government ahead of his trip over statements made in Pakistan’s disputed Kashmir region this week. India and Pakistan control parts of Muslim-majority Kashmir but claim it entirely. Whereas China generally support close ally Pakistan.

China-India relations deteriorated following the June 2020 border disputes in the Ladakh region of the former Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The tragedy killed at least 20 Indian soldiers and four Chinese soldiers.

Source: Reuters

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